The Wait

Urban Investigations

The Wait

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Displaced From This Place?

Urban Investigations

Displaced From This Place?

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Fast Trash

City Studies

Fast Trash

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home